EPA Regulations Still Killing Jobs
Energy: A Dallas energy company closes two facilities due to a new regulation, costing hundreds of jobs. The president talks up his jobs bill while his administration creates rising unemployment and rolling blackouts.
When President Obama set aside, pending his re-election, proposed ozone national ambient air quality standards, he said it was in the interest “of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” We have said regarding Obama that you should always keep your eye on what his other hand is doing.
On the same morning he announced his “must pass” jobs bill, a rehash of the failed stimulus, Texas energy company Luminant announced that new Environmental Protection Agency regulations were forcing it to close several facilities, resulting in the loss of 500 jobs and 1,200 megawatts of generating capacity. (IBD)
EPA Drops Objections to Court Case Over Bush Smog Plan
Now that it has scrapped a plan to further tighten the smog limits set by U.S. EPA under President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has told a federal court that it has no problem with reopening the litigation over that standard in court. (Greenwire)
House Panel Targets EPA Rules in Vote
WASHINGTON—A House panel Tuesday voted to delay two sets of Environmental Protection Agency air-pollution rules by 15 months.
The House Energy and Power Subcommittee advanced a pair of bills that the Republican-controlled House is expected to take up later this fall. It’s not certain that they could pass the Senate, but the bills approved Tuesday demonstrated support in both parties to stop EPA rules affecting cement plants and industrial and commercial boilers.
The vote came less than two weeks after President Barack Obama delayed a separate rule on smog, displaying at least some willingness to reconsider environmental regulations during the economic downturn.
Republicans have promised to continue their efforts to stop other parts of the EPA’s agenda, and the initiatives approved Tuesday could resurface during coming negotiations to cut the federal deficit and set federal spending levels for 2012. (WSJ)
If WiFi affected these poor deluded people to the extent they suggest then exposure to sunlight for but a moment would fry them to a crisp. What they really seem to be suffering is a fear of modernity.
‘Wi-fi refugees’ shelter in West Virginia mountains
By Jane O’Brien & Matt Danzico
BBC News, Green Bank
There are five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide and advances in wireless technology make it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of mobile devices. But while most Americans seem to embrace continuous connectivity, some believe it’s making them physically ill.
Diane Schou is unable to hold back the tears as she describes how she once lived in a shielded cage to protect her from the electromagnetic radiation caused by waves from wireless communication.
“It’s a horrible thing to have to be a prisoner,” she says. “You become a technological leper because you can’t be around people.
“It’s not that you would be contagious to them – it’s what they’re carrying that is harmful to you.”
Ms Schou is one of an estimated 5% of Americans who believe they suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), which they say is caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields typically created by mobile phones, wi-fi and other electronic equipment. (BBC)
Synthetic DNA added to yeast cells, paving way for ‘evolution’ on demand
Scientists’ feat could lead to better biofuels and vaccines, and is a significant step towards completely synthetic organisms
Life forms have been created that carry strands of genetic material designed and built from scratch in the lab, paving the way for on-demand “evolution” of organisms.
Scientists made sections of chromosomes, the long molecules that bear DNA, and transferred them into yeast cells, of the kind normally used in baking.
The cells adopted the new genetic code as part of their normal cellular machinery and, to the scientists’ surprise, appeared as healthy as their natural counterparts. (Guardian)
Climate Risk Management Lessons From A Most Strange Quake Trial
As if to underline how its bias on climate change ruins its reporting on the topic, Nature magazine has come up this week with an incredibly good couple of articles about the upcoming L’Aquila trial against the “experts” who (allegedly!!) failed to predict the 2009 quake (or actually, who didn’t communicate risks properly to the population). (Maurizio Morabito)